1874 Northwich have announced the latest step towards establishing a permanent base for the club in Northwich.
The club has appointed the Preston based Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP), one the of the UK’s most respected and experienced sports stadia designers, to deliver a plan for a new ground in Northwich.
In addition to project managing FC United’s new stadium, FWP has created a new stand and facilities for Fleetwood Town and is developing stadia and community assets for clubs such as Weymouth FC, Peterborough United and Berwick Rangers.
The practice is also behind an ambitious plan to create an £18 million mixed-use development on the outskirts of Kirkham in Lancashire, which includes a new ground for ambitious non-league football club AFC Fylde which is almost complete.
The move by the club is the latest step towards developing a permanent base for the club in Northwich that can grow as the club develops on and off the pitch, and can also be used as a ‘hub’ for the local sporting and wider community.
Supporting FWP and 1874 will be Manchester based Structural Engineers, Scott Hughes Design, which also worked on FC United’s 5,000 capacity Broadhurst Park ground in Moston.
Grant and funding advice will be provided by The Sport Business, which has a great deal of experience helping and advising clubs across the football league as well as various other sports.
James Wood, 1874’s Stadium Development Director, said: “FWP’s experience and expertise will give us a blueprint with costs to successfully design and build a stadium that will allow us to play at our the level we currently play at but can be easily developed to stage a higher grade of football.
“In choosing FWP to be our partners at this key stage of our development, we have engaged a company which has a clear and impressive track record in helping football and other sporting clubs to realise their long-term goals.”
Paul Stockton, 1874’s Chairman, added: “We hope the award of this commission will help to convince a number of key parties that our goal of finding 1874 a permanent home in Northwich is serious and authentic.
“It shows we are willing and able to work with all stakeholders to deliver what is best for the both the town’s sporting heritage and the wider community.
“FWP will provide our members and supporters with a clear vision for the future we can all support and be really excited and enthused by, while also being feasible and affordable.”
Nick Wiley, Associate Partner at FWP, said: “1874 Northwich is a progressive and ambitious club and we look forward to helping members and supporters realise their aims of developing a permanent home.
“We are football supporters ourselves and we have worked on many non league as well as Football League projects in partnership with councils, key stakeholders and the community to help clubs realise their long term ambitions.”